What to do when your car breaks down on the highway

Your car is suddenly not able to drive anymore and is slowing down. You’re on the highway with cars driving past you at very high speeds. What do you do?

  • First of all, try to get yourself out of harm’s way. If you notice any trouble, steer your car towards the far-left hand side of the highway. If there’s enough space next to the yellow line, try to bring your car to a standstill in that area.
  • Make sure you’re visible to other cars by switching your hazards on. If it’s dark, switch on your car’s interior light as well.
  • If it’s safe to get out of your car, place your red reflecting triangle about 200 metres from your car so that you can be visible for oncoming traffic.
  • Look around you to see if there are any visible landmarks or signs that could make it easier for your insurance company to locate you if you are unsure of your whereabouts.
  • Call your insurance company to let them know what has happened, where you are located and what the situation is like. If you are in danger or hurt, let them know immediately.
  • Notify your loved ones of your situation so that they’re aware and could possibly wait with you while the insurance company sends a tow truck to assist you.
  • If your insurance company is unable to fix your car there and then and it needs to be towed, remember to take all your valuables out of your car. Also make a note of the amount of kilometres on your car’s odometer.

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